Database: Guatemala

Jaqueline Luz Margarita Urizar Arenales

Jacqueline is originally from Chimaltenango and was selected as a GOJoven Fellow when she was 17 years old. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sciences and Arts with an emphasis in Physical Education at ENEF Sacatepéquez, and also studied the first semester  in teaching staff in secondary and technical education in Educational Administration at the USAC. In the past. she was a volunteer at Teletón in organized community groups, such as OSAR Juvenil, and acted as facilitator and volunteer in training processes with children and young people on Sexual and Reproductive Rights. She has been certified as a facilitator for Integral Education in Sexuality at the national level and through participation in programs like Campamento Juventudes Ya, OSAR Juvenil, MENEIS, and GOJoven Guatemala, as a young promoter for access to contraceptive methods. Her goal is to be a professional psychologist who, through the knowledge acquired in the GOJoven training process and her future professional career, reaches the areas most in need of information and empowers girls, as well as serve as a departmental or national reference that works dynamically with youth.

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Emely Flores Milda Escobar Chioc

Emely is originally from Yepocapa, Chimaltenango and was selected as a GOJoven Fellow when she was 17 years old. She is currently studying and working. Her first training experience in sexual and reproductive health and rights was when she started with GOJoven. At the time, she assumed that she was an adult because of her life dynamics, but through this program she comprehensively learned about her health and rights as a young person. She aims to continue with her academic training to become a journalist who writes about all the violence that girls experience, because in her community the school does not give them information about sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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Evelyn Yessenia Texaj Pérez

Evelyn is originally from Chimaltenango and was selected as a GOJoven Fellow when she was 23 years old. She is a graduate of the Clerk’s Office and has received diplomas in collective communication and from the GOJoven fellowship program in 2017-2018. Evelyn has experience working in communities with children, adolescents and youth on the themes of Sexual Rights and Rights, Reproductive Health, advocacy, self-esteem and contraceptive methods. Evelyn will continue giving talks and workshops on sexual and reproductive health and rights, as she aims to work in the municipality of her department in the youth office to create a friendly space for youth. She recognizes that the training she has received through GOJoven has helped her to be a more critical and assertive person with her opinions.

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Silvia Jhuliza Grajeda Pineda

Silvia is originally from Iztapa, Escuintla and was selected as a GOJoven Fellow when she was 22 years old. She has a degree in Pedagogy and Human Rights and is a teacher in primary, basic and diversified education in Sexual Rights and Reproductive Rights. Silvia has experience working with colleagues from the university, in the local community, and with the implementation of the action plan. Her best experience was with the GOJoven and EIS training on the theme of sexual and reproductive health and rights. She wants to support the GOJoven team in the struggle to defend sexual rights, and her goal is to support adolescents in the community to prevent pregnancies and human trafficking.

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Carmen Francela Loyes Quevedo

Carmen is originally from Iztapa, Escuintla and was selected as a GOJoven Fellow when she was 22 years old. She is a teacher of Intercultural Infant Education and also studies at the University of San de Guatemala. She is in her 5th semester of studies in education. Carmen has experience as a teacher and works with girls, and young people on the subjects of self-esteem, leadership, human rights and civic participation. Carmen’s goal is to build a space for discussion with all girls about sexual rights as human rights, in order to eradicate sexual and intra-familial violence. Post-GOJoven fellowship, she is committed to replicating what she has learned and informing others in the community.

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Andrea Abigayl Lopez Rivera

Andrea is originally from Escuintla and was selected as a GOJoven Fellow when she was 17 years old. She is a student working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Letters and Sciences at the Madre Tierra School. The GOJoven fellowship program has allowed Andrea to strengthen other adolescents through the implementation of the leadership action plan. Her goal is to be a role model in the defense of the DDSSRR, and to eradicate the sexual violence that girls experience in Guatemala. She also aspires to be a leader that directs a group of adolescents who recognize that they have autonomy and can make decisions free of coercion.

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Julio Omar Arrioa Urías

Julio is originally from Palín Escuintal and was selected as a GOJoven Fellow when he was 17. When he was 14, he entered a career in diversification and at 16 started in his first year of university in the Faculty of Medicine. Upon entering the university, he became interested in volunteering regionally in the municipality of Escuintla. Little by little, he became exposed to people in the field who ran NGOs and from there became part of the VOLUSAC “Manos Solidarias” student volunteer program. He realized the importance of comprehensive sexuality education in his department, something that was unfamiliar to people his age and was very interesting to him. For this reason, he participated in many activities supporting the rights of girls and boys in villages where education is scarce. One of his main life goals has been to graduate with a degree in legal and social sciences. He is currently in his third year of this career, and hopes that his knowledge can be of help to society and that he can apply it when necessary.

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Cristian Alessandro Roldán Lanfray

Cristian is originally from Palín Escuintal and was selected as a GOJoven Fellow when he was 17 years old. He is an undergraduate student taking an English course at CALUSAC. Beginning in 2017, he began to show interest in the topic of Sexual Health, specifically in HIV and now volunteers for a Spanish foundation that focuses on this area. This scholarship has brought him much knowledge, including empowerment on social injustice and visibility of the youth population. GOJoven Guatemala provided him another opportunity to promote and provide contraceptive methods and counseling for Sexual Health and Reproductive Health. Recently, In 2018, Cristian participated in a call in Lima, Peru, and received training in the political advocacy process for the defense of sexual rights and reproductive rights, as well as participation in the Third Meeting on Population.

 

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Amadilis Rocio Hernandez Lorenzo

Amadilis is originally from the Department of Quetzaltenango and was selected as a GOJoven Fellow when she was 20 years old. Amadilis is studying the sixth semester of high school teaching at the Pan-American University. She has experience as a facilitator, volunteer and member of the Biministerial Board, and facilitates discussions on the following topics: self-esteem, reproductive health, contraceptive methods, legal frameworks, identity, pregnancies in girls, and life plans of the girls and adolescents of the Department of Quetzaltenango. Amadilis is a leader who has helped other adolescents and young people to become certified as facilitators in Integral Education in Sexuality EIS at the national level. Her goal is to replicate all the techniques and methodology she has learned in GOJoven to approach and interact with different groups.

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Aleidy Jersualen de Paz Locón

Aleidy is originally from the Department of Quetzaltenango and was selected as a GOJoven Fellow when she was 17 years old. She is a graduate of John Harvard College and is currently a clerical secretary. She also graduated from ACCES, a program of the Embassy of the United States. She has experience as a councilor in the Municipal Council for Children and Adolescents, a teacher in the Teaching For You program (which provides free English classes), and a promoter at the Juvenile Reproductive Health Observatory (OSAR). Additionally, she is a member of the biministerial Quetzaltenango table. Her professional goal is, in the defense of sexual and reproductive health and rights, to be a journalist. Through this career, she hopes to enhance the visibility of the realities and the needs of Guatemalan girls in understanding the importance of Integral Education in Sexuality.

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